SOLAR ECLIPSE - USA ROCKIES
18 days departing DENVER from
Destination: USA / Canada
Tour Code: PBZ
In August, 2017, millions of people around the United States will enjoy nature's grandest show, a Total Solar Eclipse. This is a rare opportunity to view this celestial wonder, and experience what the best of America and Canada. For those who seek a true wilderness experience, this tour of the Rockies provides a close-up encounter with two of North America's most prominent mountain ranges, crossing an international border and the Continental Divide. You begin your journey with `one of the best drives in the world', taking you into the incredible Rocky Mountain National Park, followed by the unique geologic formations at Sinks Canyon State Park. Bubbling geysers, hiking trails and wildlife await your arrival at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park before a unique guest ranch stay reveals the true Montana experience.
- Enjoy nature's grandest show - a Total Solar Eclipse
- Travel 'One of the Best Drives in the World' through the Rockies
- Montana lodge with meals
- Relax in Miette Hot Springs
- Explore the stunning vistas of Rocky Mountains National Park
- Hike to Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park and overnight in the cowboy town of Jackson
- Two nights at Yellowstone National Park and see 'Old Faithful' erupt
- Free time hiking Glacier National Park (recommended is the Iceberg Lake Trail)
- Two nights at Banff National Park and visit Lake Louise
- Drive the famous Icefields Parkway
- Spectacular scenery and great photo opportunities
- Endless wildlife viewing opportunities
- National, state and provincial parks: Rocky Mountain, Sinks Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff, Jasper and Wells Gray
- Four UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Parks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
|Accommodation:||11 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag), 3 hotel nights, 2 lodge nights and 1 night Montana lodge. For your own tent and room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see `Dates and Prices' tab)|
|Transport:||All transportation by private vehicle|
|Meals:||11 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 11 dinners|
|Guided:||Services of a professional tour leader|
|Group size:||Maximum 13|
|Wi-Fi:||Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle (USA only). Maximum of five users at one time.|
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.
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Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.
- Aerial gondola/tramway - Banff CAD$40
- Chuck wagon dinner - Jackson US$25-$35
- Extreme zip line course - Whistler CAD$119-$199
- Ferry across Jenny Lake - Grand Teton US$15
- Scenic glacier flight - Banff CAD$195 or $325
- Sulphur Mountain hot springs - Banff CAD$8
- Guided glacier walk - Icefields Parkway CAD$80
- SkyTram cable car - Jasper CAD$40
- Mountain biking - Jackson US$30-$70
- Hot springs - Saratoga US$25
- Million Dollar Saloon - Jackson US$your limit
- Horseback riding - Montana US$50
- Gondola ride - Whistler CAD$57
Day 1: Arrival day in Denver
Welcome to Denver, Colorado and the start of your Rockies adventure. Urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure in this city surrounded by greenery. It's time to get acquainted with `The Mile High City', so strap on your walking shoes and get a feel for the city's history, transportation and neighbourhoods. If you book pre tour accommodation there's plenty to keep you entertained before you join the rest of your tour group for a welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in your hotel on the evening of day one.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally
Day 2-3: Denver, Boulder and Rocky Mountain National Park
As you leave Denver you head out into the beautiful wilderness of Rockies! The next three days of your tour will take you along what has been named `One of the Best Drives in the World'. As you drive through spectacular and dramatic scenery, you'll no doubt agree. Stop at the city of Boulder with its artisan feel and laid back vibe, before arriving at the incredible Rocky Mountain National Park. This amazing national park contains miles and miles of incredible trails, 150 lakes, a wide variety of wildlife, so a free day of hiking here is the perfect start to your trip.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2)
Day 4: Walden > Saratoga > Sinks Canyon State Park
Ancient trees, sagebrush and vast ranches provide picture-perfect scenery all the way to Walden, the self-proclaimed moose-viewing capital of Colorado. At the River Rock Café, patrons still wearing their spurs tuck into hearty chicken-fried steaks. You end the night in Sinks Canyon State Park, named for its unique geologic formations, `The Sinks' where the Popo Agie River disappears underground near the mouth of the canyon, a sight to truly behold.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 5-6: Grand Teton National Park and Jackson - Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Today you drive towards Grand Teton National Park, famed for its iconic soaring fang-like peaks, the 64km Grand Teton Range explodes out of the ground with its jagged mountains. Rocky spires, lakes and forests fill the park, with more than 10 pinnacles reaching over 12,000ft. There are many self-guided hikes to choose from today, walking amidst dramatic scenery and appreciating the geology and nature of the area. Perhaps choose a hike to Inspiration Point with views of Jenny Lake (ferry not included). Why not whet your whistle at the world-famous Million Dollar Cowboy Saloon tonight?
On the morning of day 6 you rise early to ensure you are at the best vantage point to witness the main event. It is August 21st 2017 and millions of people around the United States will enjoy nature's grandest show, a total eclipse of the sun. This is a rare opportunity to view this celestial wonder. The total eclipse will be visible from our location in Jackson. Our private vehicle will be on hand to deliver you to the centre line of the eclipse track if possible. Climate projections for the area are very positive, but if there is a possibility of local cloud, the coach can be diverted to another location. The eclipse is a certainty but weather is a factor and despite advertising a suggested itinerary for the day prior to the eclipse, it is important this be used as a guideline only in order to pick a site with a greater chance of visibility.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Breakfast
Day 7-8: Yellowstone National Park
It's a beautiful drive today to the very first and most revered national park in America, Yellowstone National Park. Entering Yellowstone, the scenery starts to change from striking jagged peaks to colourful open meadows and rolling terrain. With the world's largest collection of geysers, this designated UNESCO World Heritage Site is a nature, photographer and wildlife lover's paradise. Famous for its geothermal activity, this protected land has become North America's most prolific big game wildlife sanctuary. The park offers an extreme variety of scenery including petrified forests, lush valleys, canyons, waterfalls, bubbling geysers and steam rising from deep within the earth's crust.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunches (x2), dinners (x2)
Day 9: Montana Lodge
Sample authentic Montana life as you relax and unwind in this characterful mountain lodge. Complete with hearty home-cooked meals, gracious hospitality and even taxidermy, this is a real slice of life in 'Big Sky Country'. It may be a little full on but it's a realistic slice of life in Montana, in a beautiful setting where you have the chance to go horse riding and embrace ranch life.
Accommodation: Ranch included I Meals: Breakfast and dinner included
Day 10-11: Glacier National Park
Situated on the border of America and Canada the drive up to this stunning national park is simply breath-taking and you'll soon be dying to get out and stretch those legs. One of the largest national parks in North America, Glacier is home to around 26 glaciers and around one million acres of turquoise alpine lakes, nature really does impress in Glacier. Travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road (seasonal) for unsurpassed views or hike the `crown jewel' of trails to Iceberg Lake and keep a look out for wildlife including Mountain Goats, Grizzly Bear that all live in the shadows of the magnificent craggy peaks.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2)
Stop by Calgary en route to Banff, located in Alberta's Rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway. Vast unspoilt wilderness and mountains lakes await you in the stunning mountain town of Banff. The oldest national park in Canada and set in the very heart of the Canadian Rockies, this place will truly take your breath away. With an array of spectacular wildlife and around 1,600km of walking trails and some of the most beautiful alpine lakes you'll have ever laid eyes on. Visit the famous Banff Springs Hotel, go horseriding or take the steep hike up to Sulphur Mountain and a gondola ride down. Then it's on to the most amazing of all the lakes in the area, Lake Louise. Often referred to as the `gem of the Rockies' this lake does nothing but impress with its stunning emerald colour. Hike out to the Plain-of Six-Glaciers for some truly inspiring scenery or take to the water for a canoe experience like no other.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2)
If it's adventure, discovery and relaxation you want in equal measure then you're in the right place. With over 1,000km of exciting hiking trails and back-country walking, taking you through more of Canada's spectacular wilderness, it won't just be the towering peaks that impress but the astonishing amount of wildlife that roams freely around the park too. Jasper National Park is also home to the world famous Columbia Icefield, one of the only icefields accessible by road and the largest in the Canadian Rockies.
Accommodation: Lodge included I Meals: Breakfast included (x1)
Don't let the fact that Wells Gray is not a national park fool you, this place is stunning! The stillness, silence and isolation go up another notch as you drive through the secluded park and experience the remarkable scenes of high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones, brooding old-growth forests and raging white-water waterfalls. The most revered waterfall has to be the famous Helmcken Falls, Canada's fourth highest waterfall, it was this very waterfall that provided Wells Gray its provincial park status! The many smaller waterfalls around the park are equally as beautiful and we have every confidence that Wells Gray will be a highlight of you trip.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Lunch and dinner included
Day 17: Whistler
Travel the old Gold Rush Trail though Cache Creek and on to the adventure capital of Western Canada. Perhaps better known as a winter resort, Whistler has plenty of activities and walking trails as well as being an area of impressive beauty all year round. Whistler Village with its alpine village charm and all the amenities of an urban centre is a great place to enjoy a vibrant nightlife and some delicious restaurants.
Accommodation: Hotel included (triple share suite with one twin room and one single room - both with private bathrooms and communal lounge area) I Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
With most of the day free to do as you wish, why not explore more thrilling trails and soak up the last of the Canadian air before heading back to Vancouver. Visit Stanley Park, a 4,000-hectare green wonderland to see the authentic totem poles erected in the 1920's before it's time to say goodbye.
Meals: Lunch included
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There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person (2017). This will guarantee you your own tent & room for every night of the tour excluding the Montana ranch stay. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.
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